La Bella BonChon

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past five years, you already know what time it is when it comes to Korean fried chicken…  Specifically, BonChon Chicken - the Korean fried chicken franchise that originated in the Motherland in the city of Busan, Korea.  Since it first opened its doors in 2002, it has spawned over 50 locations all over the world - including the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, and the U.S. - drawing people into its stores with double-fried, sauceless wings in two magnificent flavors, Soy Garlic and Hot.  Without a doubt, BonChon is THE source for the wildly successful Korean fried chicken commodity.

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The much-anticipated opening of BonChon Arlington most certainly lives up to its expectations, and in fact exceeds them.  The sleek, contemporary interior design (rumored to be the same designers as Zaytinya and other D.C. restaurants) has trims of red and pretty lights that run the ceiling.  These decorative details, along with the wood paneling, give the ambiance a fun, trendy feel.  The bar is well stocked with all different types of draught and bottled beers.  Bottles of soju and sake are also available, as are their house mojitos, martinis and margaritas.  And, of course, the star of the show, yummy and decadent fried chicken.  

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But much to our surprise, the real treasure here isn’t a location closer to the city or the sexy new venue.  It is actually the Pork Bun.  Made of soft, fluffy dough and stuffed with thick slices of pork belly (crispy on the edges yet tender to the bite), the BonChon Pork Bun is also served with fresh slices of cucumbers, chives and marinated root vegetables (julienned), topped with a sweet sesame sauce that pulls the entire thing together.  It is amazing and it is delicious.  And it is the only Pork Bun of quality you can get within 200 miles.  Be sure to try it!

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All in all, BonChon Arlington succeeds in delivering a memorable dining experience with its flavorful dishes and vibrant atmosphere.  It’s perfect for lunch or dinner with friends or family, appropriate for a night with the kids or  an evening without them for drinks and snacks at the bar.  No disappointments here - fun, friendly vibes only.

BonChon Arlington is located at 2209 North Pershing Drive in Arlington, Virginia.  Take-out is also available.  Call (703) 528-1101 to place your order.

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